A grammar school headmaster has been investigated by police for using the N-word while reprimanding a student for using the racist slur.
Mark Tomkins, of the 473-year-old Maidstone Grammar School, was privately telling off a pupil for using the word on social media following a school football match.
However, he did not realise that he was being recorded on the student’s smartwatch.
Kent Police determined that no offence had been committed by Mr Tomkins, but launched an investigation into the leaking of a minute-long recording of the exchange, which was posted on Instagram by a second pupil last week.
In the tape, viewed more than 1,000 times and said to be recorded on an Apple Watch, Mr Tomkins can be heard saying: “I was told that some comment had been made about a student and the word n—– was used.
“[The] first thing I thought was that someone had used that word against you, but I found out you were the one who used it.”
The headmaster of the school is then heard asking the student: “And should I treat someone differently if they use the word towards you? If someone posted that and a photograph of you?”